Kate Middleton dazzles in red sequined dress for palace reception

It's a night at the palace! 

On Monday night, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge donned their evening best for a reception at Buckingham Palace in honor of the United Kingdom-Africa Investment Summit. Hosted on behalf of Queen Elizabeth to promote the UK's relationship with the continent, the reception was also joined by Prince Edward, Princess Anne and the Countess of Wessex.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge welcome guest to a reception to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit at Buckingham Palace on January 20, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) host a reception for heads of State and Government at Buckingham Palace in London on January 20, 2020, following the UK-Africa Investment Summit. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP) (Photo by YUI MOK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex speak to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a reception to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit at Buckingham Palace on January 20, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks through to the State Room with the Master of the Household during a reception to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit at Buckingham Palace on January 20, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a reception to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit at Buckingham Palace on January 20, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex speak to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during a reception to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit at Buckingham Palace on January 20, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, left and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge host a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit, in London, Monday Jan. 20, 2020. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
Britain's Prince William, left and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge host a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit, in London, Monday Jan. 20, 2020. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a reception at London's Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome guest to a reception at London's Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome guest to a reception at London's Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome guest to a reception at London's Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.
The Duchess of Cambridge walks through to the State Room with the Master of the Household at a reception at London's Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcome guest to a reception at London's Buckingham Palace to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex prepare for a group photograph with Heads of Government, Ministers and members of NGOs attending the UK-Africa Investment Summit for a group photograph at London's Buckingham Palace.
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While Prince William looked polished in a blue suit, it was Kate who stole the show in a sparkly red number from British label Needle & Thread. You can shop a shorter version of the dress for $519 at Net-a-Porter here.

The duchess accessorized her look with Gianvito Rossi pumps and a clutch by Jenny Packham.

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“The summit will demonstrate the strength of the relationship between the U.K. and Africa, showcase and promote the breadth and quality of investment opportunities across Africa, and highlight the U.K.’s commitment to supporting economic development in Africa, including through the creation of jobs and new partnerships,” Kensington Palace described in a statement. 

While Africa has been the subject of much of the royal family's philanthropic work, it's a particularly special place for Prince Harry and Prince William, who retreated to the continent after the death of Princess Diana. It's also where the Duke of Cambridge proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010 after years of dating. 

“The African continent holds a very special place in my heart," Prince William told guests at Monday evening's reception. "It is the place my father took my brother and me shortly after our mother died. And when deciding where best to propose to Catherine, I could think of no more fitting place than Kenya to get down on one knee.”

While Prince Harry took part in the summit earlier in the day, he was not present at the reception: He was spotted arriving at Vancouver Island later that evening. 

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BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after her visit to City Hall in Bradford's Centenary Square, on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet members of the public outside City Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Britain's Kate Duchess of Cambridge speaks with a pupil as she meets the members of the public at Centenary Square in Bradford northern England, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge helps make Kulfi milkshakes at MyLahore on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. MyLahore is a British Asian restaurant chain which has taken inspiration from Lahore, the Food Capital of Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess visited Lahore during their recent tour to Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge samples a Kulfi milkshake at MyLahore on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. MyLahore is a British Asian restaurant chain which has taken inspiration from Lahore, the Food Capital of Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess visited Lahore during their recent tour to Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet members of the public outside City Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet members of the public outside City Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet members of the public outside City Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for a visit to City Hall in Centenary Square, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to meet young people and hear about their life in Bradford. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at City Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess will meet with representatives from local employers and businesses who are helping young people into employment. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge samples a Kulfi milkshake at MyLahore on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. MyLahore is a British Asian restaurant chain which has taken inspiration from Lahore, the Food Capital of Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess visited Lahore during their recent tour to Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: The Duchess of Cambridge visits City Hall in Bradford's Centenary Square, to join a group of young people from across the community to hear about life in Bradford, on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at City Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess will meet with representatives from local employers and businesses who are helping young people into employment. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gestures on arrival for a visit to City Hall in Centenary Square, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to meet young people and hear about their life in Bradford. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, bag detail, arrives at City Hall on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess will meet with representatives from local employers and businesses who are helping young people into employment. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a visit to City Hall in Centenary Square, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to meet young people and hear about their life in Bradford. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Kate Duchess of Cambridge smiles as Britain's Prince William holds a rose during their meeting with the members of the public at Centenary Square in Bradford northern England, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Britain's Kate Duchess of Cambridge speaks with pupils as she meets the members of the public at Centenary Square in Bradford northern England, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Britain's Kate Duchess of Cambridge speaks with a pupil as she meets the members of the public at Centenary Square in Bradford northern England, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leaves after her visit to City Hall in Bradford's Centenary Square, on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meet representatives from the UK Women’s Muslim Council and women whose lives have benefitted from the Council’s Curry Circle on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. The Curry Circle is an initiative that provides a hot two-course meal for people who are homeless or struggling to feed themselves. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets representatives from the UK Women’s Muslim Council and women whose lives have benefitted from the Council’s Curry Circle on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. The Curry Circle is an initiative that provides a hot two-course meal for people who are homeless or struggling to feed themselves. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge helps make glasses of Kulfi lassi during a visit to the British Asian 'MyLahores' flagship restaurant in Bradford on January 15, 2020, to learn about some of the community work undertaken by the restaurant. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge helps to make glasses of Kulfi lassi during a visit to the British Asian 'MyLahores' flagship restaurant in Bradford on January 15, 2020, to learn about some of the community work undertaken by the restaurant. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the British Asian 'MyLahores' flagship restaurant in Bradford on January 15, 2020, to learn about some of the community work undertaken by the restaurant. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the British Asian 'MyLahores' flagship restaurant in Bradford on January 15, 2020, to learn about some of the community work undertaken by the restaurant. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) leave after visiting City Hall in Centenary Square, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to meet young people and hear about their life in Bradford. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets representatives from the UK Women’s Muslim Council and women whose lives have benefitted from the Council’s Curry Circle on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. The Curry Circle is an initiative that provides a hot two-course meal for people who are homeless or struggling to feed themselves. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) leave after visiting City Hall in Centenary Square, Bradford on January 15, 2020, to meet young people and hear about their life in Bradford. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet with Amir Khan during a visit to MyLahore’s flagship restaurant on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. MyLahore is a British Asian restaurant chain which has taken inspiration from Lahore, the Food Capital of Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess visited Lahore during their recent tour to Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit MyLahore’s flagship restaurant on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. MyLahore is a British Asian restaurant chain which has taken inspiration from Lahore, the Food Capital of Pakistan. The Duke and Duchess visited Lahore during their recent tour to Pakistan. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meet representatives from the UK Women’s Muslim Council and women whose lives have benefitted from the Council’s Curry Circle on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. The Curry Circle is an initiative that provides a hot two-course meal for people who are homeless or struggling to feed themselves. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits City Hall in Bradfords Centenary Square where she met members of the public on a walkabout on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits City Hall in Bradfords Centenary Square where she met members of the public on a walkabout on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits City Hall in Bradfords Centenary Square where she met members of the public on a walkabout on January 15, 2020 in Bradford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
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